Well, the Week One games are in the books. Now it’s time to begin adding and dropping players, which is very often the key to winning your Super Bowl. Obviously telling you that Peyton Manning is looking good is not exactly helpful, but here are a few players floating around in deeper leagues that we at Footballguys.com see changing in value right now. Sign and cut wisely, grasshopper, and the title shall be yours.
Brandon Weeden needs all the help he can find, and this sure-handed security blanket should continue to be a favorite target. (Actually, at 6’5”, 245, Jordan Cameron’s more like a security tarp.)
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
Nobody will confuse Pryor with Colin Kaepernick or RG3. Pryor’s a raw player on a team without a ton of talent, but he’s also an athletic guy who can roll up fantasy points for you. If his primary receiver isn’t open, he’s quick to tuck the ball and run. While that may not be ideal for a real NFL team, it’s fantasy gold. He gained more rushing yards to start the year than any player not named LeSean McCoy.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
First off, be the one guy in your league to say his name right. It’s pronounced “Joyk.” Bell looks to be a very nice compliment to Reggie Bush, providing the “thunder” to Bush’s “lightning.” This team is about scoring and they’d just as soon see Bell in the end zone as Bush. Detroit won’t get to play the Vikings every week, but so far this team looks like it might live up to some of the expectations.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
We love Danny Amendola. But the sight of him grabbing his thigh Sunday after aggravating a groin injury is painfully familiar to Rams fans. And that means more opportunity for Edelman. Even with Amendola in the lineup, Tom Brady clearly is comfortable throwing to Edelman. In fact, he’s the only familiar face from last year that Brady has right now.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
Cameron is one of those preseason darlings that carried over to Week 1. So-so Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden needs all the help he can find, and this sure-handed security blanket, should continue to be a favorite target. (Actually, at 6’5”, 245, Cameron’s more like a security tarp.)
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts
This is about competition and team goals. For competition, Vick Ballard looked like a true RB1 Sunday. For team goals, the Colts see this season as a marathon culminating with a postseason run. Combine these two facts and you’re looking at a team that’s likely go easy with an injury-prone vet like Bradshaw.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger was already on the watch list for Fantasy QBs after losing WR Mike Wallace this offseason. Concerns only grew Sunday when the entire team struggled against the Titans. The running game is a mess, WR Antonio Brown didn’t look special, and starting center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a season-ending knee injury. Mike Tomlin will make the most of this team, but Big Ben is in for a tough stretch.